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justin harrell

The guy pictured above is Justin Other Harrell. No, that's not a patented typo. His middle name is "Other." As in, "You're the other son that we don't love as much as your brother." Because of that, we should probably give Justin a break for getting flustered and proposing to his girlfriend while he was being arrested in Elk City.

From News 9:

An Elk City man proposed to his girlfriend while an officer was trying to arrest him on two outstanding warrants.

According to Elk City police, at about 6:45 p.m. Friday, an officer saw 32-year-old Justin Other Harrel standing in line at the Carousel at Ackley Park, and determined that Harrel has two outstanding warrants out of Washita and Greer Counties.

According to court documents, in both counties, Harrel is wanted for obtaining cash and/or merchandise by bogus check.

Police say Harrel resisted arrest at first. When the officer eventually took him into custody, he explained that he was about to propose to his girlfriend and asked if he could go ahead and do so.

The officer said he allowed Harrel to complete the marriage proposal, and his girlfriend said yes. Harrel then asked the officer to get the ring from his left inside coat pocket and give it to her.

The officer obtained the ring and handed it to the girlfriend, according to the police report.

Harrel was then transported to the Elk City Police Department as he awaits transport by Washita County or Greer County authorities. He was not cited for resisting an officer.

What the hell was he thinking? You're already going to jail. At least hang on to the one remaining form of freedom you have left. Maybe the proposal was a sad and staged last-ditch effort to avoid being arrested. He's probably kept that ring hidden in his pocket for years.

Also, does anyone think it's kind of creepy that the policeman recognized this guy? I guess that's another advantage to living in a big city. You can commit all the low-level crimes that you want and not have to worry about some law enforcement officor recognizing you at the carousel.

In an effort to make this story more ridiculous, News 9 sent reporter Steve Shaw to Elk City to do a follow-up report. Because if any story needs further investigation by Steve Shaw, it's this one:

Justin Harrel, 32, was wanted in Washita and Greer Counties when an Elk City detective tried to arrest him.

Harrel was about to propose to his girlfriend Elaina Rios at Elk City's "Christmas In The Park." Harrel pushed the detective away and asked for just five minutes, so he could propose.

The detective relented, and even reached into Harrel's coat pocket and got out the engagement ring, because Harrel was still handcuffed.

Rios says her now-fiancee is misunderstood.

"We're best friends. He completes me. He's my rock and I'm his rock. Everybody thinks he's a bad guy and he's not," Rios said.

Completes me? She really broke out a Jerry MaGuire quote??? Well, kind of.

The quote above doesn't match what she said in the News 9 video clip. She was actually pushed into the sappy, overly dramatic Jerry MaGuire reference by, get this, Steve Shaw. Here's the actual transcript:

Sad Fiance: "We're best friends..."

Steve Shaw, interrupting with a cheesy announcer voice: "He completes you?"

Sad Fiance: "Yes… and I complete him. He's my rock. I'm his rock. And he's really good guy. He's not a bad guy. Everybody thinks he's a bad guy. But he's not."

Wouldn't it be awful to have to talk about something emotional like your jailed fiance and then have some dopey reporter who drinks too many Red Bulls come over and force you into quoting Jerry MaGuire? Instead of going down that path, she should have asked Steve how much his abnormally large human head weighs. Then again, maybe it was smart to play along. She probably didn't want him to ask how many inches she could handle:

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